Donald Trump Says Obama’s Unemployment Numbers Are False; Half The Country Is Really Unemployed
Donald Trump’s New Hampshire win is undoubtedly going to his giant orange head. In his Avictory speech Tuesday night, Trump was so ecstatic he just started making shit up — and, of course, his supporters ate up every last morsel of his word vomit.
Donald Trump said:
“I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created — remember that.”
Flashback to 2012 when Mitt Romney said basically the same thing, only more robotic and less arrogant. Mittens said he would create 12 million jobs, and then Obama went on to surpass that number with 13.5 million jobs created with a year left to go in office.
And President Obama recently cited his unemployment rate which had dropped down to 4.9 percent. But don’t listen to the President, listen to the guy with a 1 percent truth rating from Politifact.
Trump continued in his speech:
“Don’t believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number’s probably 28, 29 as high as 35, in fact, I even heard recently 42 percent. Do you think we would have gatherings like this — if we had 5 percent unemployment, do you really think we’d have these gatherings?”
It’s a claim oft-repeated by the Trumpster and earned him a “Pants on Fire” rating from Politifact, meaning the number has no basis in reality.
“Trump keeps repeating that the unemployment rate may be as high as 42 percent. But getting a percentage that high requires believing that being a high school, college or graduate student, a senior citizen, a stay-at-home parent, a job-training participant, or having a disability is no excuse for not holding down a job, or for working less than 40 hours in a week. The highest alternative unemployment-rate measure we could come up with that had any credibility was 14.8 percent, and even that exaggerated figure is only about one-third of the way to Trump’s 42 percent. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.”
Trump is getting his “42 percent” number from an out-of-context study that shows that 210 million Americans are between the working ages of 16 and 68. If all those people worked 40-hour weeks, that would be a total of 420 billion hours worked in America, but Americans only worked 240 billion hours giving us the 42.9 percent number. As Politifact mentioned this figure assumes no one between the ages of 16 and 68 has any good reason not to have a full-time job.
Isn’t it insanely frightening a guy who can’t get this simple fact through his thick head just won the New Hampshire primary?